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chris phillips -
Subject: I AM
Jerry's leads on LIG are awesome. Nebraska got two very nice shows in '73.
Chris U. -
Subject: One of those one-of-a-kind shows
This is all great. From the very beginning of Here Comes Sunshine you get the full-on trip, with Billy's drums mixed way up high in the mix, then Phil, and then the vocals, and then it's just perfect.
"The bass mic on Parrish's side." "... the hybrid coil"
And a completely fcked BIOTDL beginning! But otherwise one of the best versions you'll ever with Bobby and Donna going at the vocals like they was truly feelin the "happy home" ... or maybe it was the most sarcastic version ever performed.
Bobby gives the baseball score and then the band decides to crawl down into the hell of Loser, one of the most difficult songs in the canon to "get into". I took a bathroom break, if you know what I mean.
Sir William K's drumming on Black Throated Wind is insane. He remembers the song better than Bob, it seems ... but good god Bobby's singing at the end!
Jerry answers with They Love Each Other, which is strangely tentative at first, but explodes as soon as Jerry shuts up and starts playin his guitar. But then "Keith's piano" starts making noise? One begins to wonder if the entire crew hasn't been sabatoged with some chemical agent. In any event, it's clear that the band can hear it, too. Or "see that's it's true."
Some tape starts and stops. And then Cumberland. More of those strange noises. They sound non-random and dissociated from the music the band is playing, like some 10 year old is twisting the "static knob" just to piss you off. Why? I have a bad feeling that someone might have known the answer to this question but that person's memory has dissolved into the tape hiss that miraculously remains attached to this "file."
El Paso comes out blazing and never lets up. And as if to prove the band's confidence they whip out "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and wipe the floor with it. Thank you! "I don't know where that leads you but I know where I've been!" The crowd at this point is pulverized into tiny atoms of rock. The perfect moment to drop one of the most intuitive versions of WRS->LetItGrow this side of Tempe into a gaping honeycomb of starved landlocked skullcups. "Gonna happen every time!!!" And somewhere during the last half of "Let it Grow" everyone finds that "Sunshine" groove again for five seconds, then it's taken away, and returned again in spades, hearts and diamonds. And then more crowd insanity.
From the Playin' on, it seems as if there is at least one member of the band that is off the reservation. Dropped something during the intermission? At some point during the second half of Playin' (after Big River), Phil's bass gets super huge and Phil himself seems to disappear down a very deep rabbit hole of high harmonics and feedback. Jerry brings him back into orbit with those familiar notes ... but the finale never touches down ... holy lord. The crowd goes nuts and Phil thanks them ... twice ...
But wait! There's more. He's Gone has great singing and a unique instrumental outro. An intensely sung and played Truckin follows, and somehow Keith (who's piano sporadically sneezes electricity throughout the show) somehow seizes the wheel from the rest of the band and leads them to rock glory!!! Wharf Rat is sublime, with Jerry singing some very strung out vocals. Somehow a Sugar Mag follows, off the chart with electricity.
You can sense during the GDTRFB that they might finally be getting tired. Or maybe just Billy is. But of course they can't finish on a whimper ...
Subject: Where has this been hiding?
OK so there are some sound issues with this recording (listening to Cumberland right now and there is some really horrible crackling going on or something) but this show has some serious energy.
The Weather Report Suite without question has to be one of the all-time best under-appreciated versions; some seriously awesome, emotional jamming from Jerry.
Worth checkin' out...
Dave Davis -
Subject: First Half Step -> Big River
There were some mighty fine Mississippi Half Step -> Big River in 1977 such as Boston 5-6-77, but the one here in the middle of one of the first split Playing In The Bands is fun.
Subject: Omaha in October
Five stars equals excellence which meansthis show is....EXCELLENT!!!! Download this today & you'll feel better tomorrow.
proof that the Midwest got it's share of fine shows, tho I'm happy to have been 2 hrs from NYC & Philly.
Love the upbeat TLEO and the SugarMags also. Bobby is up a bit in the mix, which is very cool because he's so subtle you sometimes miss his finer moments.
Very solid throughout: a fine HC Sunshine jam and a nice BT Wind.
Subject: great fall show
the here comes sunshine is an awesome jam, the loser is mellower than lets say the 72 versions, the black throated wind is smooth steady and sounds great. great sound quality. this is an awesome show, download it.
Listen to the beginning of BIODTL...I guess he just forgot how to count to twenty? Haha good show...73 is one of my favorite years